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These are the best mac and cheese dishes in NYC

If there's one thing that totally deserves a listicle, it's the Top 9 Cat Moods. But if there's a second thing, it's the 10 Best Mac and Cheeses in NYC. To wit: here's a roundup of mostly standoffishly pensive cats the delicious-est plates of mac and c in the city.

Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro Wine Bar
Artisanal (click here for address and deets)
Murray Hill
Gruyere, Parm, and B├ęchamel make their way onto/into tubes of penne pasta, and a crumbly, cheesy topping provides just the right kind of texture/crumbly-cheesiness for the dish.
Almond
Almond (click here for address and deets)
Flatiron
While other mac dishes sit coyly on appetizer or side menus ("We won't make you full, we swear!"), Le Grand Macaroni & Cheese unabashedly sits on the main menu -- a proudly massive serving of pasta, rich cheese, prosciutto, and chopped truffles.
Ditch Dog
Ditch Plains (click here for address and deets)
West Village and UWS
Their mac and cheese-covered Ditch Dogs qualify, because 1) they're covered in the melty good stuff, and 2) they're just plain awesome.
The Queens Kickshaw
The Queens Kickshaw (click here for address and deets)
Astoria
It actually takes some balls to throw vegetables into this classic, but TQK pulls it off with this Gruyere, smoked mozz, and cheddar mess that sports green beans and caramelized onions.
Yelp/M S.
Westville (click here for address and deets)
East Village, West Village, and Chelsea
This favorite of the brunch-set brings with it a smoky Gouda B├ęchamel that gets even smokier with some added bacon. The dish itself is also perfectly presented with an expert crust on top, holding in a balance of creamy and chewy.
Mable's Smokehouse & Banquet Hall
Mable's Smokehouse & Banquet Hall (click here for address and deets)
Williamsburg
So simple and yet so delicious, it's like the creamiest and best possible version of the homemade stuff.
Freeman's (click here for address and deets)
Lower East Side
Served bubbling in a cast iron dish, this five-cheese, breadcrumb-topped model of comfort is relatively simple but excellent in execution.
Yelp/Luna T.
The Waverly Inn (click here for address and deets)
West Village
Like bench pressing gold, this plate is an exercise in decadence with a price tag upwards of $65. With that, though, comes shaved truffles, cheese with just the right balance of creamy and stringy, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping.
Schnippers (click here for address and deets)
Multiple Locations
The mac and Joe is exactly what would happen if they let us in their kitchen late-night. 50% Sloppy Joe, 50% classic mac and cheese, 150% awesome. That's how math works, right?
Yelp/Michelle T.
Earl's Beer and Cheese (click here for address and deets)
Upper East Side
One of the less traditional and most creamy concoctions on the list, it's got the noodles mixed up with goat cheese, a healthy dose of rosemary, and a some shredded chicken. Also: upside-down fork!
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1. Mable's Smokehouse and Banquet Hall 44 Berry St, New York, NY 11211

Refurbishing former tonic water factory digs with their own four hands, the husband & wife team behind Mable's stocked their airy, industrial barn-steezed "roadhouse" with long communal tables set with chairs they either built themselves or sourced from flea markets, a giant buck head shot by the owner's cousin, and a central bar lit by hanging rusted buckets, setting the mood for anyone looking to get nailed.

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2. The Queens Kickshaw 4017 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11103

Part coffee shop and part gastropub, The Queens Kickshaw is serving up from-scratch cooking items like their unholy grilled cheese sandwiches. You'd have to go back several times to try all of their cheesy goodness, or you could go once and be really, really hungry.

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3. Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro 2 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016

The Artisanal Bistro takes the shape of a 160-seat Art-Deco-inspired space in Midtown. There is a full service wine bar with 160+ wines and numerous varietals. In addition to the wine collection there is a temperature controlled "cheese cave" which holds and prepares cheeses until perfectly ripe and are at optimal flavor for your enjoyment. SCIENCE.

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4. Almond 12 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

Brother to the same-named Hamptons spot, this billiards-equipped, wood-decked resto's slinging Ameri-grub (steaks, burgers, & gravy fries) and local hops (Checker Cab, Ommegang's Rare VOS), plus "pan-Euro" fare like lamb belly, braised pork shank, and fro

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5. Ditch Plains UWS 100 W 82nd St, New York, NY 10024

Bringing their Hamptons-style surfer food (Ditch dogs, lobster rolls, jalapeno cheddar tots...) to much airier uptown digs, DP's second location has a high-end beach club vibe thanks to an all-white planked ceiling, large wooden tables, nautical touches f

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6. Westville East 173 Ave A, New York, NY 10009

This Alphabet City spot's a slightly roomier version of the original, slinging premium diner food (burgers/franks/a 12oz Newport Steak) at grade-C diner prices.

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7. Freeman's Sporting Club 343 Bleeker St., New York, NY 10014

Freeman's specializes in rustic American cuisine and mixing fine cocktails. They pride themselves on using wild game, sustainable seafood and produce from local New York state farms. So you can stuff your belly and not feel guilty.

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8. The Waverly Inn 16 Bank St, New York, NY 10014

Located in the West Village, the Waverly Inn is serving up stick-to-your-bones comfort food like their truffle mac and cheese. If you happen to land a reservation at this hot spot you may even find yourself dining across the table from your favorite movie star or celebrity.

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9. Earl's Beer & Cheese 1259 Park Ave, New York, NY 10029

Earl's has three, count em three, different types of grilled cheese sandwiches. They also have other tasty morsels like mac & cheese, bread pudding (Oh lord!) and several other beers to satisfy your thirst.

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10. Schnipper's 23 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010

Paying particular attention to America's heart(attack)land to make your own middle as big as our country's, the team behind Schnipper's scoured the continent for the best in fast-casual dining, resulting in their second location's Americana-inspired steez backdropping new chompables like a bleu cheese/crispy onion/hickory BBQ/Schnipper Sauce hamburger, a green chile cheese dog w/ roasted poblanos, the Mac & Joe (cheese & sloppy), and a slew of handcrafted shakes.

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